Premier NBA news-breaker Shams Charania of the Athletic tweeted less than 30 minutes ago that the Clippers plan to sign veteran forward Joakim Noah for the rest of the 2020 NBA season.
The Clippers have been linked to Noah since last summer, and finally signed him to a 10-day contract on March 9. Before he could play a game, however, the NBA season was postponed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Since his 10-day contract hasn’t officially run up due to the season suspension, Noah has been on the team during the hiatus, in what has to be the longest 10-day contract ever.
Noah makes a ton of sense for the Clippers. He’s a veteran big man with the size and defensive aptitude to cover top-tier centers like Nikola Jokic and Joel Embiid, possessing savvy that still evades Ivica Zubac and the height and defensive instincts that Montrezl Harrell lacks. After two forgettable years with the Knicks, Noah was great last season with the Grizzlies, and while an offseason knee injury might have stolen even more of his athleticism, he’s still a useful 14th man.
Noah’s attitude and fiery personality fits in well with the likes of Patrick Beverley and Marcus Morris, and he should be a fun addition to a team that sometimes lacked a certain spark. Let’s hope that the Clippers can help him get his first ring, and that he helps them somewhere along the way!